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LEGION URGES CANADIANS TO SEND PHOTOS OF DECEASED VETERANS TO SHOWCASE AS PART OF NATIONAL REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY IN OTTAWA
The zone commander for the Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) is ecstatic about the organization’s Dominion Command in Ottawa asking all Canadians to forward photographs of deceased veterans to build a “Virtual Wall of Honour and Remembrance” as part of the National Day of Remembrance in the nation’s capital on November 11.
“It’s a wonderful idea,” said Rick Lundin, who has been a member of the RCL for the past 48 years. “Anything we can do to get more media exposure and anything we can do to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice is a good idea as far as I’m concerned.”
The Dominion Command with the RCL announced two weeks ago it wants Canadians from coast to coast to forward a photograph(s) of deceased veterans to Dominion Command along with his or her name, years of service and element or force to which the departed belonged or regiment/unit.
Those wishing to get involved are asked to not send originals as they can’t be returned.
Any deceased veteran, including those who belonged to the Merchant Navy or Ferry Command, whose death was attributable to any cause before, during or after they served in World War 2, the Korean War, peace support missions, Afghanistan (and accidental death in Canada) will be honoured, said Steven Clark, the director of the National Day of Remembrance.
The appearance of the “virtual wall” will coincide with the National Day of Remembrance ceremony, organized by the RCL on behalf of all Canadians, said Clark.
The pictures forwarded by Canadians to honour those who served this country will be displayed in large video screens prior to the start of the national ceremony on November 11 in Ottawa.
Using modern technology to remember those who fought for this country is a terrific idea that is sure to attract a strong response, said Lundin.
“Dominion Command only announced this a couple of weeks ago so there might not be overwhelming response for this year, but I think it’s a great idea and I can see thousands of people getting involved next year and in future years,” he said. “It would mean a lot to the families to have a picture of their loved one and their name displayed as part of the national ceremony.”
All Canadians, and not just those who belong to the legion, are invited to forward photographs for the virtual wall of remembrance, said Clark.
“This is about honouring all those who gave for their country,” he said. “We want relatives and friends as well as family members to forward these photos and names so they can be honoured.”
Dominion Command is convinced the virtual wall of remembrance will become a big part of the national Remembrance Day ceremony, said Clark.
“We will see how it goes this year and go from there,” he said. “We’re hoping to get a really good response for this year and then promote the idea across the country next year and make it a big part of the national ceremony in future years.”
More than 50,000 people traditionally attend the national ceremony in Ottawa and it will mean a lot to the family and friends of deceased veterans to have their pictures and names displayed prominently for them to see, said Clark. Photographs can be sent my mail to Dominion Command, 86 Aird Place, Ottawa, ON, K2L O1A or electronically to RememberingThem@legion.ca or AleurMemoire@legion.ca.